What Next For 25-Year-Old Internet?
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The computer may not scream, “I’m a big deal,” but . . . frankly, it is. It changed the world – and here we are years later still enjoying the benefits of it. Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web on this device and loaned it to London’s Science Museum yesterday. The British scientist handed in his first proposal at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) 25 years ago. Making this year the 25th anniversary for the Internet!
Shortly after submitting his proposal, he established the Web Foundation, which is currently led by Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite.
Rick Haythornthwaite says, “If you take stock, as I hope everyone does today, you realize what an extraordinary force for good it has been, the extent to which it has changed the world, allowed billions of people to create, communicate, collaborate, change economies, spread democracy, I don’t think even Tim thought as he sat at that computer 25 years ago that the impact could have been so profound.”
Lastminute.com Co-Founder Martha Fox-Lane counsels the British government on all things digital. Martha also co-founded UK Digital Champion. She admits that some of the challenges ahead are issues of Internet privacy, freedom of speech and free web access.
Martha Lane-Fox says, “I believe that the next 25 years is going to be exciting, and I often wish that I’d been born a bit later. I think we will look back on this time as the start of an adventure and we have no idea how it will play out, but I also believe we shouldn’t sleep walk into it.”
The next stage is having a high-performing web that’s suitable for any device and system. Shockingly, for every five people around the globe, three still don’t have internet access.
Rick Haythornthwaite says, “There are a lot of challenges facing the web today and really this is the moment that we have got to remember what it was that bought us here and defend those principles vehemently.”
In 2009, the Queen honored Mr. Berners-Lee for his pioneering work. Fast-forwarding to now, he has his boots on the ground with Internet development. However, he shares no forecasts (yet) for what will become in the next 25 years.